Pear Tree – March 2015


Presenting “Make Art Out of Recyclables” at the Garwood Library

(Photo used with permission by parent)

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

True that imagination will take you everywhere! Before I began Pear Tree, I envisioned working for myself, with clients I liked so much I could call them friends. When you imagine great things, they will come true. It’s called Creative Visualization. Make your dreams come true today by letting me help you write and publish your book. Contact Pear Tree today at: 908-276-1514

Also check out my blog (http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/) for updates and happenings. Or find me on Twitter and Linked-In.


Feel free to contact me in regard to using my services (writing, copy editing, researching, typing, public speaking/lectures) at: MaryAnneChristiano@Gmail.com.

Rates are reasonable, and the first hour phone (or in-person) consultation is free to potential new clients. Every client that uses Pear Tree services will be featured in the newsletter (unless for whatever reason they don’t want to be in the newsletter, as privacy is respected).



“On the Guest List” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

“On the Guest List” is available on Amazon! To get your copy, go here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

“Love Cats” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

My fictitious “Love Cats” will be published this spring! I’m honored to say, I have permission from Hal Leonard to use lyrics by Iggy Pop and The Cure! Stay tuned for more updates regarding “Love Cats.”

“The Love of God and a Good Man” by Ana Kladivko.

Anna’s memoir is just about to be wrapped up, as I’ve been helping her write her memoir for the past few months. Anna lived a very exciting and oftentimes tragic life both in Spain and the United States. It’s an honor to work closely with her as she bares her soul in this candid effort.

“Loving a Korean War Veteran” by Antoinette Lombardi

I’m thrilled to be assisting Antoinette Lombardi in writing her love story. Her husband Domenic was stationed in Korea and wrote her almost 500 letters during that time. It’s an incredible journey ferreting through the letters, photos and news clippings of that era. This will be a grand book – with photos!


“History of Valentine’s Day”

Last month I met the most wonderful people at the Elmwood Park Library, Elmwood Park, New Jersey and the Warren Library, Belvidere, New Jersey, while presenting this lecture!

“Luck of the Irish”

It’s that time of the year again! I’m psyched to be presenting this lecture at the following venues:

  • Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m. at Township of Washington Library, Township of Washington, New Jersey.
  • Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m. at New Providence Library, New Providence, New Jersey. Note that this special presentation will feature special guest Carol Erickson for a vocal performance following the lecture.
  • Monday, March 9, 7 p.m. at the Mahwah Public Library, Mahwah, New Jersey.
  • Friday, March 13, 2 p.m. at Newton Homestead, Newton, New Jersey.
  • Monday, March 16, at JCC in West Orange, New Jersey
  • Tuesday, March 17, at Hudson View in North Bergen, New Jersey.

“Newsies: How the Newspaper Industry Began”

Last month was super cool presenting my favorite lecture at both the Florham Park Seniors, Florham Park, New Jersey and at Independence Manor.

I’ll be presenting “Newsies” again at the following venues:

  • Thursday, March 12, 2 p.m. at Arista Care in South Plainfield, New Jersey.
  • Friday, March 20, 10:30 a.m. at Teaneck Public Library, Teaneck, New Jersey.

“Make Art Out of Recyclables” (Children)

“Make Art Out of Recyclables” was presented at The Garwood Library last month and it was amazing! This month the program will be presented at Wantage Library, Wantage, New Jersey on Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m.

“Going, Going, Gone! What the Next Generation Won’t Remember”

I had a blast presenting this lecture again at the Chatham Library, Chatham, New Jersey, for the Chatham Antique Society.

Next up is Wednesday, March 4, 2 p.m. when I’m mad psyched to be returning to the Elmwood Park Library, Elmwood Park, New Jersey to present “Going, Going, Gone!” again!

All Lectures

Here is the complete list of all the current available lectures.



“On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (Free if I can sell books)
Paid Programs

Motivational Speaking for Schools

“Be a Leader, Not a Bully”


“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry”

“Trends from the 1970s”

“Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember” (land lines, typewriters, etc.)

“History of Motown Music”

“Italian Food, Family and Community”

Health Conscious Foodies

(Note: Limited to 20 people)

“Raw Foods for Beginners” (includes raw pudding dessert)

“Healthy Pasta Alternatives” (includes dish)

“Paleo for Beginners” (includes dish)

“Benefits of Butter, Fats and Bullet Proof Coffee” (includes coffee)

“Eat Well for the Holidays” (includes dish)

NEW! Learn and Listen Series

Ella Fitzgerald (with singer)


“History of Valentine’s Day”

“Black History Month”

“Luck of the Irish: Discovering Ireland’s History” (with singer)

“Origin of April Fool’s Day”

“History and Origin of Mother’s Day”

“This is Halloween”

“Thanksgiving Fun Facts”

“Holidays around the World”

“History of Santa Claus”


“Make Art Out of Recyclables” (with artist Bridget Briant)

“Be a Leader Not a Bully” (with author Felicia Capers)


“Here’s to Your Health and the Benefits of Walking”

“Remembering Our Pets”

“Senior Prom”

What makes my lectures unique is that I get the audience to participate, sharing their views and experiences. They always have a great time!

If there’s an additional topic your residents may be interested in, I can research free of charge.

Call 908-276-1514 for pricing


Pear Tree Enterprises has buttons! If you are interested in supporting Pear Tree by proudly wearing a button, please via email at MaryAnneChristiano@Gmail.com Please put “Button” as the subject head.


Often I’m asked, “What exactly is Pear Tree Enterprises?”

In short, Pear Tree Enterprises is a business I started back in August 2008. I registered the name in February 2009 to make what I do more than just “freelance” work. The work I do is mainly book editing, writing, copy editing and proofreading. But I also manage entertainers! Being a creative person who loves all areas of the arts, that is not so far-fetched. I give each client the individual attention they deserve by using time blocks. To see how satisfied Pear Tree clients are, please read the testimonial section.

In addition to all of the above I’ve also dabbled in personal assistance and modeling and always welcome more work.

I hope this answers your questions and I look forward to doing business with you!

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